ITALY – Foreign Authorization

Last Updated: October 19, 2022

To support the viability of intercountry adoption as an option for permanency for children in Italy, the Office of Children’s Issues and the U.S. Embassy in Rome sought information from the Italian Central Authority regarding its legal requirements for the authorization of adoption service providers (ASP), pursuant to Article 12 of the Hague Adoption Convention (Convention).

Italy ratified the Convention on January 18, 2000, and it entered into force on May 1, 2000. 

Incoming intercountry adoptions from Italy to the United States are rare and generally limited to relative cases or other extraordinary circumstances. ASPs in need of information about Italian intercountry adoption procedures should contact the Italian Central Authority directly for information and notify the Office of Children's Issues if assistance with facilitating communication is needed.

ASPs with questions about the information below or about pursuing intercountry adoptions in Italy should contact Vice-President Mr Vincenzo Starita, Commissione per le Adozioni Internazionali, Via di Villa Ruffo, 6, 00196 ROME, Italy
Phone:  +39 06 6779 2060

For additional information, ASPs may wish to review the Italy country-information page.